I was born in Muncie, Indiana…attended school in the small town of Alexandria. When I was 10 years old a magician was scheduled to perform at my school on the day President Kennedy was shot. I will never forget how this magician took away my fears with the fun and the laughter of his magic show…at the end of his show and I heard that small voice speak within my heart and it said, “This is what you will do.”
That Christmas I got my first magic kit. I practiced, read all of the books I could get my hands on as I began my studies in the art of magic. By the time I was age 14 I entered an International Magic Contest and I took first prize. But growing up in the cornfield of Indiana…I was told that I had to get a real job and magic would be a good hobby.
It wasn’t until 1983 after graduating from college and getting married with three children that I decided I could be a full time magician. I had left my job as a salesman…and I was doing everything I knew to make a living as a magician. I was struggling but I felt a deep sense of purpose and the desire to entertain people with my magic.
I auditioned for a job as the resident magician for the “Indianapolis Union Train Station Festival Market Place” where I worked for the next three years. I was paid an hourly wage plus what ever tips I could make while performing my magic shows as an atmosphere performer. It was there that I learned how to hold an audience, develop routines and be creative as a magician.
I opened a magic shop Indianapolis and in a couple of other locations. At the same time I was working a Magic Night Club called “Illusions” the magical dinning experience. I worked there for 10 years with several other magicians at the dinning tables and on stage in the lounge.
I was also hired to create a TV magic show, the “Wacky Magic Cartoon Club” for a local cable station which aired all over Indiana for 48 successful weekly shows.
It was during this time that I was learning everything I could be as successful entertainer. I even started speaking to business groups with my “Motivational Magic.” I worked for sales meetings, trade shows and corporate training programs.
I began to create and produce my own magic tricks and magic lectures as I traveled around the country selling and teaching my magic to other magicians including the famous “Magic Castle” in Hollywood, California where I lectured and performed five weekly engagements in the Parlour of Presidigitation.
I was invited to perform for the Looney’s Tunes “Big Red Boat” cruise lines out of Port Canaveral, Florida for several months during a three year period and I eventually moved to Florida where I now live.
In 2001 I was awarded the “Comedy Excellence Award” at the International Battle of Magicians and in 2009 after working with International Brotherhood of Magician as a board member and the head of membership I was given the “Order of Merlin” award.
I created my own On-Line training and several live seminars in Florida and around the country for other magicians teaching the secrets of speaking and performing as a “Motivational Magician.”
I also work with other magicians as a “Life Coach.” I was certified by the Life Coach Institute. I use several powerful “Self-Discovery Tools” to help other magicians discover their strengths and to get what they want. Most of my coaching is “one on one” around the country using video conference calling on the Internet.
I have created and sold several magic effects. My most famous effect is the comedy burnt shoe box trick, called “Wiz Kote” produced by George Kimery of Chalet Magic. This effect was commissioned by me and featured in Lance Burton’s TV Special.
Today I am collecting all my ideas which I have shelved over the years and I am now up-dating them, producing them and putting out into the magic market for other magicians to enjoy and profit from. Meanwhile I am enjoying my life here on the Space Coast of Florida as my mind goes to work creating new ideas in magic.
I enjoy meeting and talking with other magicians…I welcome your calls and emails.